Now that the weather is warming up we can’t help but think about lazy summer days laying out by the pool or on the beach. We protect our skin from the harmful rays of the sun, but what about our hair? Our hair is made up of the same protein our skin and nails are made of, Keratin, so our hair is also susceptible to the elements. Swimming in chlorinated pools or the salt water of the ocean, and yes, even the sun, can damage our hair. Proper hair care before and after swimming can help keep hair healthy.
Chlorine from a swimming pool or salt water can make hair dry and brittle, causing it to split or break. Preventing these kinds of issues should begin before you step foot in the water. Pretreat your hair with a natural oil, such as jojoba or coconut, to smooth the cuticle. This seals your hair, preventing chemicals and salt to penetrate the cuticle. If these oils are not readily available, simply wetting your hair before getting into the water will saturate the strands leaving no room for chemicals or salt.
After swimming, you should always wash and condition your hair. This is a great time to use a deep conditioner to replenish any moisture lost.
Preventing damage is simple and quick, and you don’t have to worry about swimming being rough on your hair anymore.